as many of you may have noticed, i have always had enormous respect and admiration for Mr. Graeme Obree, for what he represents as a human being as much as what he does on two wheels. he and his mad bike caught my imagination in a way nothing else really has in the world of cycling ever since, as i watched on as a teenager as he and Chris Boardman battled on in their many duels.
you can guess who i was rooting for! it was the conservative, methodical Englishman against the eccentric and non-linear Scot. Boardman was a fantastic cyclist and is a noce fella – I met him once at a crit in the UK, where I was second and he was first, about three minutes ahead of the rest of us – but it was in Obree that i recognised genius, the kind that takes men over frozen wastes and into deep, impenetrable jungles.
here was someone special, someone uncontrollable, someone very much volatile but truly, it seemed to me, truly alive.
he walked away from doping too, making his own stand against the corruption in pro cycling at that time. he was crankpunking even before the term ever saw the light of day..!
so when i received an email from Zoe Lavoi-Gouin, Production Manager at Journey Pictures Ltd., asking me to spread the word about a kickstarter campaign that they started to help raise the last 20,000 GBP that will help them take the 200+ hours of material they compiled over two years of following Graeme as he attempted to break the Human Powerer Speed Record into a finished film, i agreed immediately.
“We have just completed the filming of a documentary covering two years in the life of twice world record holder and twice world champion, cyclist icon Graeme Obree,” wrote Zoe.
“It began in his kitchen in Saltcoats, Ayrshire in 2011 and just ended in September 2013 in the mountains of Nevada, USA. We filmed at least 200 hours of material but we now require help in raising the funds to finish the project! We have launched a KICKSTARTER campaign to raise £20,000 to cover the cost of a craft editor, and the editing suite he will use, the sound mix, the completion of the final big screen version, colour corrected with titles and graphics as well as the master for the streams, downloads and DVD’s.”
so click here to go to their Kickstarter link, and donate if you feel so inclined.
The project FB is here, please go ‘like’ and let’s raise them up a bit.
Here is their Twitter account.
Yes, Graham is truly the innovator, and all round good guy, I heard him speak some months ago about Beastie. Well worth the effort of going to the talk.
Few realise that some of Boardmans records were set using Graham’s innovation – such as the superman position. Or that He beat records on almost no finance or funding, against others funded by substantial trade funding, and very possibly “additives” In a few cases too. Verbruggen to his eternal shame, attempted even to obstruct in person one of the record attempts.
I thought the film ” flying scot” was a let down compared to the book, heartily recommended.
yep, great book, medfiocre (but fun enough) film. this documentary looks interesting, loking forward to seeing it. thanks for the comment!
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